Irma made landfall on Sunday in the Florida Keys area as a Category 4 Hurricane. Assessment of the damage to this area is still being documented as access to those areas is difficult by land.
Since then, Irma has been downgraded from hurricane status to tropical storm as it continues to move up north into the US mainland. Strong winds are expected to continue as the storm moves
northwest from the Florida area into Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Last Updated: 11:23 AM EDT 9/11/17
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On September 6th, Delta sent out one last flight to the San Juan area right before Hurricane Irma struck. The Delta flight arrived just prior to three other flights from JetBlue and American
Airlines were ordered to turn around before reaching the San Juan Airport (SJU). The plane managed to travel out of SJU by taking advantage of a path through the outer band and the core of
the storm. In the article posted below, there are some incredible pictures of this feat and more.
Last Updated: 9/7/17
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The article linked below does an excellent job of outlining the ingredients necessary for Hurricane Irma to become the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane on record. Some characteristics
include a deep layer of warm water and a lack of wind shear, which is considered to be one of the most critical factors in a hurricanes formation. Please see the article below for more information.
Last Updated: 7:00 AM EDT 9/7/17
Irma has been updated to now be the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history as noted by the Chicago Tribune. The category 5 storm began to bear down on Puerto Rico
and the Virgin Islands early this morning, with almost all reports including Florida in its projected models for later this weekend. As quoted by Monroe County Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt,
"If ever there was a storm to take seriously in the Keys, this is it. The sooner people leave, the better."
Last Updated: 5:27 AM EDT 9/6/17
President Trump has declared a state of emergency for Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in order for the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA to begin to coordinate
actions for disaster relief. Those who reside in the Florida Keys especially should begin to take necessary actions as reports continue to come in with an increased chance of landfall.
Last Updated: 12:30 PM EDT 9/5/17
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